Michael Essien’s wife, Akosua Puni Essien, has purchased Italian third division side Como at an auction this week.
She paid £206,000 to take control of the bankrupt club, facing no competition, and will try to lead the Lega Pro outfit back into the big time
‘Mrs Puni Essien and her team will soon be in our city to meet the fans and supporters of the club,’ a club statement read.
‘In the meantime, they intend to let you know that they are honoured to be here, in Como, and become part of a club which boasts 110 years of history.
‘The genuine promise and desire of the new owners are to grow and build both the first team and the youth sector, becoming an integral part of the fabric of this city.
‘The owners also pledge to create the conditions to bring FC Como into Serie B as soon as possible and to develop its talents to the best of their abilities.’
It’s fair to say that there have been more glorious episodes since Como’s foundation in 1907 and, indeed, the takeover by Mrs Essien comes as they have to change their name from Como Calcio to FC Como.